Hi. My name’s Gabriel, and this is the photo blog for the Vankleek Hill Amateur Photographers Club. Mostly we take photos in and around Vankleek Hill [link], a lovely Canadian village of 1900 mostly interesting people 70kms from Montreal, Cornwall and Ottawa [link].
I started this Blog as a personal thing in 2011 but, in August, 2013, I thought this space would be a great opportunity to showcase local photographers and their work. So I started the Club. We now have
six ten FOURTEEN(!!) people participating fairly regularly, and another 71 108 222(!) who have “Liked” our Facebook page. Which is awesome.
…my math skills are horrible but, according to Dr. Google (Mathematics, Ph.D.) that’s almost 10% of the population of Vankleek Hill. Which, in just a couple of years, seems pretty good. I think that means more than 110% of town should be in the Club by 2016. Or something.
We’re always looking for more people and more photos, and joining is pretty easy [link]… just email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you started.
Eventually the general idea is to showcase our work in calendar form, or in an exhibition. There might also be post cards and other cool stuff. And, eventually, probably meetings involving alcohol, discussions and knife fights.
A little about me: I’ve lived in fifty-two places. I’ve been paid to pick stones out of fields, take backstage photos of Britney Spears, report on Internet privacy issues, and catch fish for American tourists in Northern Ontario. I’ve won an award for my reporting skills, and another for my humour column. I mostly deserved them.
A long time ago I was the primary photographer for a monthly technology newspaper in Ottawa, and my photos also ended up in some national magazines. “Photography” was also part of a two-year program I took at Algonquin College in Ottawa, and I was kind of the Assistant Photo Editor for the journalism program’s newspaper.
Much more recently, some of my photos have also appeared in The Review [link], our local newspaper of record.
But, really, I’m an amateur shooter, just like the other 140% of people living around here.